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ANZAC ships upgrade frigate systems upgrade (FSU)

The ANZAC FSU project will upgrade the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates to match current and future threats and address obsolescence of some of the current systems. This will include a new combat management system, new radars, electronic detection and other above water sensors, the self-defence missile system, decoys against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade to the hull-mounted sonar.

Government approval

14 April 2014
Total project budget of $446 million is approved; this includes project management costs, contingency, introduction into service and capitalisation costs, but excludes foreign exchange variations. The project is being funded by the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF's) baseline as part of the Defence Capability Plan.

The upgrade is being undertaken in three phases - purchase of equipment, detailed design and installation The first two phases are near completion. There will be a number of separate contracts covering various aspects of the project including for the Prime System Integrator, preliminary design, missiles, sonar upgrade, torpedo defence system and anti-ship missile defence decoys.


Prime System Integrator 

Contractor: Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC)

Contract: Designing and supplying the Combat Management System for each ANZAC Class Frigate along with the supply and integration of various sensors, missile system and a Combat System Trainer for the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. The Combat Management System and many of the sensors are the same as those being provided for the current upgrade of the 12 Canadian Navy Halifax Class frigates has been undertaken by LMC and is now approaching completion.

Tender process: An international open tender process in March-May 2013, followed by due diligence, a contract definition phase and best and final offer (BAFO) process.

Date awarded: 29 April 2014


Contractor: MBDA (UK)

Contract: Providing the Sea Ceptor vertical launched, active Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (Maritime) - CAMM(M) which will replace the current RIM7P NATO Seasparrow missile system.

Date awarded: 21 May 2014

Sonar and Underwater Telephone Upgrade

Contractor: Thales Australia Ltd

Contract: Providing the Broadband Sonar Advanced Processing System (BSAPS) for the Spherion B hull-mounted sonar and the TUUM-6 multi-channel Digital Underwater Communication System (DUWCS).

Date awarded: 11 June 2014

Completed: Installation of the underwater telephone and the upgrade to TE MANA’S sonar was successfully completed in June 2016 with impressive results.

Anti-ship Missile Defence Decoys

Contractor: Airborne Systems Limited

Contract: Providing anti-ship missile defence soft kill subsystems, along with training and support, spares, support and test equipment, and full documentation.

Date awarded: 3 July 2014

Torpedo Defence System

Contractor: Ultra Electronics Limited

Contract: Providing underwater defence subsystems, along with training and support spares, support and test equipment, and full documentation

Date awarded: 11 July 2014

Inertial Navigation Systems

Contractor: Northrop Grumman

Contract: Replacement of the frigates’ Inertial Navigation System.

Date awarded: 26 February 2015

Navigation Radar

Contractor: OSI Maritime Systems Limited (Canada)

Contract: Providing a navigation radar system based on two Furuno 3000 series X band radars for each ship.

Date awarded: 20 June 2016

Current status

The project is in the acquisition phase and this is being managed by a team in the Ministry’s Capability Delivery Division.

Platform preliminary design was completed in late 2015 with the detailed design completed in the second quarter of 2017.

The Combat System Trainer, provided under the prime contract by Lockheed Martin was installed at the Devonport Naval Base in January 2017 and training was started in February. The refit of the first ship is planned to take place in Victoria, Canada, and will extend over 10 months, followed by harbour and sea acceptance trials, with the second ship starting its refit approximately 12 months later.

Previous frigate mid-life upgrade project work has included a close-in weapon system replacement and the Platform Systems Upgrade, which upgraded the control and monitoring system, overall weight and stability management, the propulsion system, and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The RNZN frigates in action

Read about how the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigates help to protect our interests at sea:

View the latest NZDF media releases (external link) .

Find out more about the RNZN’s frigates Te Kaha (external link) and Te Mana (external link) .

Contact: Jon Finderup, Director Maritime Domain